Described as "especially glorious... ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson is performed on four continents by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians. She is the winner of the 2015 Iron Composer competition, and has received awards from the SOCAN foundation and the Guelph Chamber Choir/Musica Viva. Her composition Scel lem duib, for chamber chorus and harp, was selected for publication in the National Collegiate Choral Organization's 2013 choral music series; other scores are available from the Canadian Music Centre, E.C. Schirmer (O Inexpressible Mystery - forthcoming) and Mark Foster (Spring and Fall: to a young child - forthcoming).
Recent projects include Three Songs on Poems by Lorri Neilsen Glenn, for soprano and piano, commissioned by the Canadian Art Song Project for Magali Simard-Galdès, Summer's End, commissioned by The Sebastians, Magnificat, commissioned by Karen Clute for the Elm City Girls Choir and Yale Schola Cantorum, Lyonesse, commissioned by Mount Holyoke College and the Women's Philharmonic for the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Tian Hui Ng, conductor, No Capacity to Consent, for six vocal soloists and chamber ensemble, commissioned by Brian Bartoldus and Third Practice with assistance from New Music USA, Glimmer, Gossamer, Glint, for orchestra, commissioned by the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Resurgam, for carillon, commissioned by the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs, and Meadowlark, for marimba and fixed media, composed for Ian David Rosenbaum. Her music has been commercially recorded by the Canadian Chamber Choir, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum, bassoonist Rachael Elliott, oboist Catherine Lee, and Shawn Mativetsky, McGill University professor of tabla and percussion.
Olson holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. She is an adjunct professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music.